MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 284 this week

Basic Instinct (1992)

6.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.9/10 from 113,684 users   Metascore: 41/100
Reviews: 281 user | 119 critic | 28 from Metacritic.com

A police detective is in charge of the investigation of a brutal murder, in which a beautiful and seductive woman could be involved.

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 44 titles
created 13 Apr 2011
 
a list of 48 titles
created 19 Jan 2012
 
a list of 30 titles
created 30 Aug 2012
 
a list of 30 titles
created 19 Feb 2013
 
a list of 46 titles
created 14 May 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Basic Instinct" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Basic Instinct (1992)

Basic Instinct (1992) on IMDb 6.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Basic Instinct.

User Polls

Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

Novelist Catherine Tramell is once again in trouble with the law, and Scotland Yard appoints psychiatrist Dr. Michael Glass to evaluate her. Though, like Detective Nick Curran before him, Glass is entranced by Tramell and lured into a seductive game.

Director: Michael Caton-Jones
Stars: Sharon Stone, David Morrissey, David Thewlis
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A married man's one night stand comes back to haunt him when that lover begins to stalk him and his family.

Director: Adrian Lyne
Stars: Michael Douglas, Glenn Close, Anne Archer
Disclosure (1994)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A computer specialist is sued for sexual harassment by a former lover turned boss who initiated the act forcefully, which threatens both his career and his personal life.

Director: Barry Levinson
Stars: Michael Douglas, Demi Moore, Donald Sutherland
Sliver (1993)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Carly Norris is a book editor living in New York City who moves into the Sliver apartment building. In the apartment building, Carly meets two of her new neighbors, author Jack Lansford who... See full summary »

Director: Phillip Noyce
Stars: Sharon Stone, William Baldwin, Tom Berenger
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A remake of the Alfred Hitchcock classic Dial M for Murder (1954).

Director: Andrew Davis
Stars: Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow, Viggo Mortensen
Falling Down (1993)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An unemployed defense worker frustrated with the various flaws he sees in society, begins to psychotically and violently lash out against them.

Director: Joel Schumacher
Stars: Michael Douglas, Robert Duvall, Barbara Hershey
Wild Things (1998)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A police detective uncovers a conspiracy behind a case involving a high-school guidance counselor when accusations of rape are made against him by two female students.

Director: John McNaughton
Stars: Kevin Bacon, Matt Dillon, Neve Campbell
Showgirls (1995)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

A young drifter, named Nomi, arrives in Las Vegas to become a dancer and soon sets about clawing and pushing her way to become the top of the Vegas showgirls.

Director: Paul Verhoeven
Stars: Elizabeth Berkley, Kyle MacLachlan, Gina Gershon
Total Recall (1990)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

When a man goes for virtual vacation memories of the planet Mars, an unexpected and harrowing series of events forces him to go to the planet for real, or does he?

Director: Paul Verhoeven
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside
Hollow Man (2000)
Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Scientists discover how to make people invisible, but their test subject becomes an insane killer who stalks them.

Director: Paul Verhoeven
Stars: Kevin Bacon, Elisabeth Shue, Josh Brolin
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A married woman agrees to have sex with another man for $1,000,000.

Director: Adrian Lyne
Stars: Robert Redford, Demi Moore, Woody Harrelson
The Game (1997)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Wealthy San Francisco financier Nicholas Van Orton gets a strange birthday present from wayward brother Conrad: a live-action game that consumes his life.

Director: David Fincher
Stars: Michael Douglas, Deborah Kara Unger, Sean Penn
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Gus
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Lieutenant Nilsen (as Daniel Von Bargen)
...
...
...
Bill Cable ...
Edit

Storyline

A former rock star, Johnny Boz, is brutally killed during sex, and the case is assigned to detective Nick Curran of the SFPD. During the investigation, Nick meets Catherine Tramell, a crime novelist who was Boz's girlfriend when he died. Catherine proves to be a very clever and manipulative woman, and though Nick is more or less convinced that she murdered Boz, he is unable to find any evidence. Later, when Nilsen, Nick's rival in the police, is killed, Nick suspects of Catherine's involvement in it. He then starts to play a dangerous lust-filled mind game with Catherine to nail her, but as their relationship progresses, the body count rises and contradicting evidences force Nick to start questioning his own suspicions about Catherine's guilt. Written by Soumitra

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A brutal murder. A brilliant killer. A cop who can't resist the danger. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and sensuality, and for drug use and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

20 March 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Love Hurts  »

Box Office

Budget:

$49,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$117,727,224 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

| (France)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

According to the original screenplay, the character of Gus was supposed to be 64. See more »

Goofs

When Nick gets up from bed, the scratches on his back are barely visible. When you see his back reflected in the mirror when he speaks with Roxy, the marks are bright red, bloody. When he returns to bed, they're the way they were in the previous scene. See more »

Quotes

Nick: So where is this going?
Catherine: Ask me "What do you want from me Catherine?"
Nick: What the fuck do you want from Catherine?
See more »


Soundtracks

Glowing In The Ashes
Performed by The Doo Wah Riders
Written by Ken Liebenson
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
What A Film!
18 September 2001 | by (SJ, US) – See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite films, even though it has some problems.

The film caused controversy with some of the gay crowd (who didn't like the negative press) and for the graphic sex (with bedroom violence). It became a box office winner, that made Sharon Stone a star, and yet was basically p****d on by the critics! The word is the film is better than your average B movie skin flick, only by the quality of the actors, and Verhoeven's ability. I feel the film is still not given the respect it's due.

I first saw the R-rated version, which is very good, but now you can get the even better Unrated Director's Cut, which has even more graphic content! If you don't like erotic-thrillers, then don't see it. But anyone with taste will enjoy the thrill ride of events that take place in Basic Instinct. The script by Joe Eszterhas was highly thought of in Hollywood, and if not for the graphic nudity, a top star like Michelle Pfeiffer would have taken the role made famous by Sharon stone.

Does the script go too far at times? Yes, but that's part of the films charm, and after all, the now 'classic film moment' of Sharon Stone's leg spread interrogation, likely would have been dropped in a conventional film. Still though, I wouldn't have minded seeing a few less people getting killed off, to keep even more suspense and realism.

The score is also beautiful, and fans of Hitchcock's great "Vertigo" can appreciate the homage that Paul Verhoeven has included. The film has a lot of eye candy, but Jeanne Tripplehorn deserves special mention for her impressive supporting role (sadly she hasn't done much of note since). Michael Douglas does a solid job also, but I can't help wondering if a better actor like Clint Eastwood could have brought more to the table. The dialogue is not up to the level of "Pulp Fiction", but it's still interesting and fun.

I highly recommend this film for fans of adult mystery.


139 of 184 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Shocking then, funny now kaiser100
Who was the actual hottie, Jeanne or Sharon?? aps_vr
Was the nudity in this movie really necessary? Abner_Kadabner
WHAT WAS YOUR *** RATING ? DawnRun
most embarassing scene of all time dirtyvisage
Music Score by Jerry Goldsmith forbidden10
Discuss Basic Instinct (1992) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page